Follow the Leader (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 226)
Matthew 16:24 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
In school, we used to play a game called “Follow the Leader.” When it was time for the entire class to leave the room for lunch, recess, or restroom breaks, one child was chosen to stand in front of the line while the other students would be instructed to “follow the leader.” The thing is, just one person was selected to lead the line and everyone else had to follow.
Who do you allow to lead your life? Is it other people, yourself, or God? When it comes to the issue of authority, usually everyone wants to be in charge. The problem for believers is that if we want God to manage our lives, we can’t be in negotiations with him about what we do and what we can’t do. We can’t fight with God.
The reason we’re under so much stress and find ourselves encountering so many problems is because we’re constantly fighting with God’s authority. God says one thing and we say something completely different. God says do this but we want to do that. Every day you enter requires a decision on who is going to control your life. Are you going to be the leader or are you going to follow the leader?
When you choose to be the leader of your life, it causes conflict and chaos. We can’t follow God in our own way. Jesus tells us if we want to follow him, we must give up our own way and start on the path that Christ has set before. This means ejecting ourselves from the driver’s seat of our lives and putting God there. And when we get into the back seat, we don’t have permission to give God advice on where to go.
Give all the details of your life, everything you need, everything you want, and everything you desire, over to God. God doesn’t need a co-leader. Let him be the leader and you trust him enough and willingly surrender to him enough to go wherever he leads you. When we lead our lives, we end up self-destructing. But when God leads our lives, he allows us to experience success more than we ever imagined.
“The only expenditure, and all its outworkings, for which God can be held to be responsible is that which He directs.”
— Amy Carmichael